Martial Law in Maryland

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After the Pratt Street Riot, President Lincoln and General Scott take more drastic measures to secure the state of Maryland for the Union. Placing most of the state under Martial Law, Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus and allows his officers to arrest civilians. One such arrest led to Chief Justice Roger B. Taney to issue his statement on Lincoln’s suspension of the writ in the opinion Ex Parte Merryman.

Chris Calton recounts the controversial history of the Civil War. This is the ninth episode in the third season of Historical Controversies. You may support this podcast financially at

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Music: “On the Ground” by Kevin MacLeod (, licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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